A London borough with 82 betting shops will have to make room for one more.
The bookmakers "Paddy Power" have won a legal battle against Newham Council over opening a new shop there. A court has today rejected the council's claims the move would attract crime and anti-social behaviour.
This report from Carolyn Sim.
A judge has today overturned a council decision that stooped a new betting shop from opening in Newham.
The council had rejected Paddy Power's license for the premises in February, saying it would attract crime and anti-social behaviour. It was also against the use of 'fixed odds' betting terminals.
– Councillor Ian Corbett, executive member for environment
“We are disappointed and will decide what happens next. The law needs to be changed so that our residents do not have to suffer anti-social behaviour connected to betting shops.”
Newham Council said escalation in betting shops on the capital's streets is attracting antisocial behaviour, and making them crime hotspots - but Paddy Power rejects this claim.
A judge has ruled in favour of allowing Paddy Power to open a new betting shop in Newham. It brings the total number of bookies in the borough to 82 - the second highest in the capital after Westminster.
A judge has allowed another betting shop to open in Newham today. Newham Council has been fighting another Paddy Power at Thames Magistrates Court after its licensing sub-committee refused a bid to take over premises in Upton Park.
There has been a zero tolerance crackdown on crime in east London. A man who did not have his dog on a lead and another who dropped a matchstick were both targetted.
Police took a no mercy approach to those breaking the law in Newham today.
Operation Ohio is a joint initiative between the Met and Newham Council to crack down on crime.
Marcus Powell went with the team on patrol.
Newham Council and the Metropolitan Police have joined forces to target companies that are breaking the law by not paying the National Minimum Wage.
Labour leader Ed Miliband and London Mayor Boris Johnson called for firms to pay the Living Wage a few days ago.
Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, is backing their call but argues we need to start by fighting the rogue employers who offer only poverty pay.
He wants the law changed so that councils can tackle the issue directly and quickly rather than bringing in third parties later for enforcement.